Puzzle 150: Tetra Firma 11

To mangle a term from my favorite Flash cartoon, it's my sesquicentennipuzzle! :D

The Tetra Firma below measures 31 cells wide by 45 cells high, making it 93.75% larger than the my previous largest puzzle in this genre. But don't let the size daunt you; this puzzle is just as solvable as all of my others -- I tested it rigorously to be sure of it! After all, nothing would be more anticlimactic for my 150th puzzle than a broken puzzle.

If this behemoth isn't enough to give your appetite the slaking it desires, then look into purchasing puzzle books from Nikoli. Penpa Mix 5 contains 18 LITS puzzles, including another 31x45 puzzle, and volumes 20, 21, and 22 of Puzzle the Giants each contain two 31x45 LITS puzzles. However, volume 120 of the quarterly Puzzle Communication Nikoli contains a gargantuan LITS measuring 64x50 -- that's over twice as large as this one!
Rules of Tetra Firma
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Puzzle 149: Numeral Crossing 6

Here's another genre I haven't made in a long time; it's nice to see it again, actually. I like varying things up on this blog. :)

Puzzle 148: Fencing Match 19

No comment.

Puzzle 145: Eliza Pseudonym of Puzzlania 8

No comment.

Rules of Eliza Pseudonym of Puzzlania

Eliza Pseudonym and her friends Anna, Barbra, Carla, Delilah, and Fiona are close followers of the hit television series Puzzlanian Idol, where contestants compete to win a recording contract by singing live on the show in an attempt to garner the votes of viewers. After many grueling weeks of singing and heart-breaking eliminations, the six remaining contestants performed on the most recent episode, following which the aforementioned Puzzlanian Idol fans phoned in their votes for their favorite contestant; each person voted for a different contestant. From the clues below, determine each contestant's first and last name (one first name is Luke, and one surname is White), the order in which they performed, and who voted for each one.

1. No two contestants have the same combination of first and last initials. No two contestants who performed consecutively have the same first initial or the same last initial.
2. Delilah voted for the person who performed third.
3. The contestant surnamed Pelkey performed sometime before Leah.
4. The contestant for whom Carla voted performed sometime after Mark Green (who wasn't the fourth contestant to perform).
5. The recipient of Barbra's vote performed sometime after the contestant surnamed Black, but sometime before the contestant surnamed Brown (who was the third contestant to perform after the one surnamed Black).
6. The second contestant to sing was surnamed Gray.
7. Anna did not cast her vote either for John (who performed sometime after Jude) or for the contestant who sang fifth on the show.
8. Fiona voted for Matthew.

Puzzle 144: Blackbarrier Jam 7

There's been a definite glut of certain puzzle types on this blog lately, and a definite dearth of some others. This is an attempt to take care of the latter. Other than that, not much to say. This one's fairly easy.

Puzzle 143: Process of Illumination 9

No comment.

Puzzle 139: Pearls of Wisdom 16

I finally did it. It took a lot of patience, erasing, and refining, but I have finally done what multiple Nikoli constructors have done: I have created a Pearls of Wisdom where not only are the givens arranged with 180-degree rotational symmetry, but every given is symmetrically opposite a given of the opposite type. This puzzle wound up being quite beautiful; it's the kind of Pearls of Wisdom puzzle God would construct if He constructed Pearls of Wisdom puzzles.

Puzzle 138: Streaming Content 11

This kind of aesthetic (having all the givens arranged in diagonally adjacent pairs) is actually fairly common in Nikoli's puzzles.

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